Here are some other eateries that offer sensations from Singapore.
JEAN'S FINE FOODS CATERING (2326 Danforth, at Woodington, 416-422-0617) The pair responsible for two of Toronto's pioneering Thai-Malay restaurants -- Rasa Sayang and Sawasdee -- return with this low-key eat-in/take-away featuring the street foods of Singapore. Unless fired with hot sauce, most dishes come moderately spiced. Best: Mee Goreng (saucy and slightly curried udon noodles mixed with shredded shrimp and chicken); deep-fried bean curd with chewy black Chinese mushrooms, broccoli and red pepper; vegetarian spring rolls stuffed with carrot, cabbage, glass noodles and yellow split peas dunked in garlicky honey dip; spice-tacular homemade hot sauce; bottled in-house curry paste and powder. Complete meals for $10 per person, including all taxes and tip. Open Tuesday to Sunday 5 to 10 pm. Closed Monday and holidays. Unlicensed. Access: bump at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN
MATAHARI (39 Baldwin, at Henry, 416-596-2832) The only exclusively Malaysian spot in town, this five-year-old bistro serves first-rate dishes mixing Malay, Thai, Indian and Chinese flavours. But unless you ask otherwise, your meal will be as under-spiced as Geri Halliwell's solo career. Best: Casbah cashew chicken with peppers, onions, nuts and 'shrooms with tart tamarind bite; Sambal with garlicky grilled shrimp, crunchy green beans and shallots; dwarf bananas sautéed in rum and Kahlua. Complete dinners for $35 per person ($17 at lunch), including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine or bottle of beer. Open for lunch Tuesday to Friday noon to 2:30 pm, for dinner Tuesday to Sunday 5 to 10 pm. Closed Monday and long-weekend Sundays. Fully licensed. Access: steep ramp at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN
RED TEA BOX (696 Queen West, at Euclid, 416-203-8882) A luxe home-decor boutique selling imported teas and pastries becomes downtown's most elegant spot for superb Japanese-Indian lunches and afternoon tea on the terrace or lounging in its breezy coach house. Warning: With only eight tables for two and no reservations, join the queue. Best: lacquered bento boxes laden with treats like red-pepper-wrapped shrimp, crisp green beans over caramelized red onion, lamb curry (or vegetarian cauliflower) and basmati rice layered with shiso leaf and tiny lotus root; Indo-spiced grilled chicken breast sandwich with onion marmalade on raisin-studded sour dough; intense chocolate brownies and apricot 'n' green tea frangiapane. Complete lunches for $20 per person, including all taxes, tip and tea. Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm. Closed Tuesday and holidays. Unlicensed. Access: one step at door, small washroom on same floor, four steps to terrace, and another four steps to coach house. Rating: NNNNN